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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A magical, mystical Monkey whose golden sole glows with the wisdom of the ages. This radiant ale is rich in the spirited tradition of Belgian-inspired brewing. Our Golden Monkey is both playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying. Exotic spice from the East rounds out this global journey to joy. Get on board. This Monkey's bound for glory!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,756
Ratings:
5,456
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
1,490
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,756 | Ratings: 5,456
Photo of ajm5108
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Does not carry much of the typical Belgian flavor or feel. Lots of dry grass malt, almost like a pilsner, and feels very watery. Not terrible on its own merit (though not great) it certainly is a bad example of the style.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a seriously rich beer. Very sweet and malty. Actually a little too sweet and malty for me, and that's saying a lot. Anyone who reads my reviews would notice I like my beers big, malty, and somewhat sweet. This was was just too much for this guy. Had a nice head to it, with good retention in it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden/deep yellow with a decent white foamy head and some lacing.

Spice and yeast mostly in the nose, with clove, yeast, and chemical alcohol.

Sweet grain, light sweet malt, clove, bread dough, some raw grain, and a big punch in the mouth from the alcohol. The chemical alcohol flavor is a bit to get past with this one, so much so that it affects the overall flavor/experience.

Some decent body, and appropriate carbonation.

Overall, just ok. Not tough to drink, but has some harsh edges. I can think of others of the style that I'd go to first. Try it but don't think this is a typical Belgian tripel.

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Photo of deapokid
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reevaluating an old favorite:

Pours a hazy, golden color with heavy bubble activity and a creamy two-finger head with unbelievable staying power. A very good looking beer that can physically stand alongside its Belgian forefathers.

Scent of banana, a sweet booziness and cinnamon spice can be detected in the peculiar dessert aroma of this brew.

This is a very boozy take on the triple. Not that the ABV is higher than most of its kin, but this one seems to rely on it as a flavor characteristic. It seems to be missing the blueberry finish I distinctly remember from previous tries, instead packing a grainy dryness at the finale.

It gets much better as it warms, but the sting of alcohol seems to overwhelm the pleasant banana esthers and a nice subtle, muskiness.

The liquid itself is quite soft and smooth, but can occasionally shock the taste buds with a jolt of hard liquor strength, which also affects the drinkability considerably.

Although not a bad effort, it doesn't really stand up compared to the profound flavor profiles of La Fin Du Monde or Mad Bitch. It is sad that a beer I once cherished has fallen out of favor, but I guess it's a testament to all of the amazing brews I've had in the past couple of years.

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Photo of kenito799
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glasses. Bottled on 3/6/03, "it should be enjoyed within 5 yrs. of the bottling date."

Requires a vigorous pour to raise a head; even then it recedes quickly leavng a rim.Tawny orangey hazy brew. Lots of floating yeasties. Swirling raises some foam but not much. Lace doesn't stick. Generally I would say it's showing nearly four years of age.

Aroma is sweet, ripe apricots, Belgian yeast. Some warm cinnamon notes. These come through in the taste, this is a warm rich sweet brew, you feel and taste alcohol as well. It's not too complex for the style tasty in some ways, but essentially unbalanced. High alcohol limits its drinkability, and too sweet.

1/10/08 edit: Fresher bottle, actally liked it less. Too sweet, became cloying after a while, alcohol just too high. Knocking down my ratings a bit.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago in Fairfield, CA.

Appearance- golden color, little to no head

Smell- mostly citrus

Taste- citrus, mostly lemon

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok but probably won't have it again. But I would have it for free lol

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Photo of gonzo000
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Clear golden orange color with a 2 finger head that retains rather well when poured into a pint glass.

s. Coriander and cloves - which I do not like.

t. The spices take over this beer as opposed to supporting it. If you do not like coriander, stay away.

m. Has very good mouthfeel with good carbonation - silky texture.

o. I do not like coriander and cloves, so disregard this review if you enjoy them.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A. A deep gold colored beer that poured a two finger head. Doesn't retain much, but does have decent lacing throughout the journey.

S. The smell is a complex mix of dark fruits, slightly overripe bananas, malt and spices.

T. It starts out on a bitter hop note, and goes into a banana bread flavor. This is followed up with a a spiciness and ends with alcohol.

M. About average carbonation, it's a medium bodied brew that ends with an alcoholic bite.

O. Overall an interesting brew that doesn't seems as well balanced between hops and malt as other tripels. The post-hop flavor is enjoyable and the spice finish is appreciated though, and I did warm up to the alcohol finish after it warmed a bit.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in glass beer goblet, on tap at The Yard House

A) Golden brass with modest white puffy head that disappears quickly. Light travels through -- there is no yeasties or sediment.

S) Sweet and spicey, with clove, banana and citrus.

T) Malty sweet caramel, mild peppery spice, apricots and raisons.

M) "Sticky" and a bit flat. This could be the result of the distance from the keg to the tap -- a long way as the beer appears to travel overhead, across the room and faraway

D) The spice, the texture and lack of effervesence (that one expects from true Belgians), put me off. One was enough for me

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Photo of ypsifly
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brewed on 05/05/05 poured into a chalice.

Hazy yellow with a small white head that falls to a veiled ring in minutes.

Smells of spicey yeast, belgian sugars, floral hops and alcohol. Tangy overall.

Tart upfront, but then turns cloyingly sweet. Alcoholic/peppery notes towards the end. Not very smooth or balanced. Glad I only bought a single of this.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from $9.99 six-pack sampled in goblet

Poured a slightly hazy gold with yellow edges. Medium white head with short retention and no lacing. Smell clearly matches the Belgian Tripel style. Yeast, bread and alcohol are the main things I could pick out. Taste is more impressive than smell. I found a nice blend of soft floral and sweet malty elements with more abrasive bitter and peppery notes. Lots of yeast in the flavor too, in a pleasant way. I have had more complex examples of the style, but this is still and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jpoder
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though not great, it is a go to for me when I want an inexpensive tripel that is not bad.

a: golden yellow...slight haze, good white head when poured, but quickly fades

s: clove and banana with a floral tone as well

t: more clove/banana, spicy (pepper? Coriander?) sweet, but with alcohol burn slight

m: pretty even body

d: pretty good...again, a go-to cheap tripel

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Photo of snilsen13
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I find this beer to be too heavy for it's sweetness. Simply put, I served it to a friend and he didn't drink it, but was too polite to ask for something else. I tasted it again later and came to the same conclusion. If I had it in a bar, I would probably drink up, but at home I too would heitate to quaff. Too rich for my blood.

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Photo of tankg
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like this style, that is ,belgian tripel, you will like this brew. It is definitely a sipping beer, I found it heavier in alcohol and lighter in drinkability than my drinking companion, fellow beer advocate bert haley...I prefer the golden carolus and the leffe blonde better - but not bad for the keystone state... salud'!!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light gold in color. Plenty of haze and some yeasty chunks suspended in the glass. Smell is belgian yeast a good amount of spice there to help. The belgian yeast, not surprisingly, is dominating. Very smooth and easy drinking. Packs a hefty punch thanks to the ABV. Decent beer to have once in a while.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked 25.4 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce wine glass.

Appearance: Light golden yellow, very light carbonation, thin head floating on the surface of the beer. Light ring around the edge of foam. The bubbles within float up in about 10 straight lines from the bottom to the top of the wine glass.

Smell: Beautiful floral scent to this beer. The alcohol is well-hidden here, gentle hop tones, peach and or pear accents. Really nice, especially for a Tripel!

Taste: Eh. Hops and flowers up front followed quickly by the fruitiness I detected in the scent. Aftertaste is more bitter than I would have hoped. This beer would go well with red meat and/or starchy foods in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Quite light on the palate, only a medium-thin coating of malt character. Rinses easily. It's not bad...unfortunately, that's about all I can say for certain.

Drinkability: Nearly non-existent. If I hadn't paid nearly eight dollars for this bottle, I would probably discard what's left in the fifth. As it is, looks like I'm doomed to finish it. The alcohol (which is hiding in the scent) is overly powerful in the taste, and it takes away from what could be a very flavorful beer.

I bought this beer in a "cool label" state of mind tonight, and I probably should have gotten some recommendations instead. There are lots of better examples of monk beer, specifically Three Philosophers and Avery Brewing's "The Reverend."

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/gold pour with a small white head that is pretty foamy but disappears in a snap. Smell is yeasty and spiced, maybe with a bit of anise I wasn't expecting. Taste is also yeasty with a nice touch of hops and some spices. The only way to describe the taste is "rich." It's very sugary, but the aftertaste is pleasant and leaves some lingering orange flavors which I prefer to the actual taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy. For its ABV, this is a pretty drinkable beer, as it's not really all that boozy. For me, though, it's just not as good as the rest of Victory's offerings. I wish they would pull this one out of the Variety of Victories sampler case and replace it with one of their other brews. Not terrible, but I won't be seeking it out anytime soon.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Golden color with a sparce head. Spicy hops and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma. The flavor is full of warming alcohol, sweet fruit, and Belgian spiciness.
An interesting beer but not my favorite Ameri-Belgian brew. Victory's other beers are full of flavor and delicious, this one is just a little funky and boozy. Go for Hop Devil instead!

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Photo of jmutoml757
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A- hazy golden color, 2 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving heavy lacing all around the glass.
S- definitely has a peppery scent; there is also a slight floral note and a heavy yeast aroma. toward the end of the bottle there is a citrus hint as well.
T- the pepper/spices definitely come through as well as the malt or yeast. as the bottle comes to an end there is a heavier alcohol note.
M- the malt coats your tongue and the alcohol lingers long after the beer is gone.
O- The variety of flavors and spices that sit on your tongue make this beer fun to try; however, this beer is too malty/yeasty to be all-occasion choice. In addition, the high ABV makes it one with which you have to be careful!

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Photo of Gilly1980
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty pint glass.

A- Straw yellow with 1/2 inch of bone-white head that disappears quickly with no lacing.

S- Smells like a light IPA. Hoppy with a strong clove aroma and moderate astringency.

T- Tastes better than it smells. Clove is obvious but coriander and citrus are less overpowering. Hints of bread in the aftertaste.

M- Aggresively carbonated. Somewhat oily mouthfeel and astringent.

O- Quite a powerful brew at 9.5% ABV. Less of a Tripel and more of an IPA in my lowly opinion. Unremarkable for its price but thoroughly decent overall. I don't think I will reach for this one again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice.
Golden-peach colored with a white head that has very good retention and leaves the glass well coated.
Aroma: full, spicy and fruity, with some bready malt, but a bit dank and overly floral. [1.75]
The body is medium with good carbonation.
Taste: rich, spicy and complex, but a little too sweet. Also too yeasty for my tastes, The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma, the flavor and the feel.

O: compared unfavorably in about every respect to the Maredsous 10 Tripel that preceded it.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Who says you can't buy a golden monkey?

Appearance - I wasn't impressed by the appearance at all. Very plain and unassuming light brown that looks very filtered.

Smell - I really couldn't pick up a distinct smell from this one. Mildly hoppy and quiet.

Taste - Now, I can dig this taste. A semi sweet with hints of orange and lemon twists and a bit of hops for good balance

Mouthfeel - A good carbonation that matches the flavor and sense of the beer. It will leave a buzz in your mouth for at least a minute, but a mild one.

Overall - I do like this beer, but it is lacking the two essentials for a great beer, appearance and smell. If they could even get the smell to match the taste it would be a winner

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Photo of mellocello2003
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to think this was a good beer until I became more interested in beers. Now I realize that this beer is quite pitiful in comparison to most tripels out there

A - decent. Little to no lacing and practically zero head retention.

S - A hefty nose of hops and citrusy flavors - orange, paprika? I don't know, something spicy is there. A lot of this is unfortunately overblown by the alcohol.

T - Upon initial pouring, this beer displayed a huge range of flavors that resulted in a very unbalanced display. However, after a few minutes of sitting in my glass, it softened and smoothed out significantly, but by that point I was already gunshy from the initial taste... If I remember correctly, the taste went like this: very very spicy --> citrusy --> cold --> ethanol --> thin barley and ethanol --> (swallow) --> woah ethanol!

The most disappointing thing about this beer is how it tastes near the end of a sip. It kicks you in the face with ethanol (presumably, the cause for the "thin" taste). Once I finished taking a sip, I felt unsatisfied and gunshy.

As the beer softened, the end taste was much more pleasant - a nice spicy dryness that lasted quite long after you sipped it.

M - Nice. Nothing to complain.

D - Well, once this beer smooths out, you're able to drink it.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color; not quite typical of a tripel or BSPA, there's an odd tinge to this, maybe like a percentage of a drop of green food coloring made it into the beer (no idea what's giving it that tone).

S: Smells like grapefruit and coriander.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, with a huge rush of banana on the finish; unfortunately there's not enough else going on to entirely back this up.

M: Mouthfeel is above average, it's slightly thick and quite pleasant.

D: Wouldn't want two of these, but the first one went down just fine.

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Photo of speter
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt and Belgian yeast, with a floral accent.

T: A sweet front rapidly turns clovey/peppery in the center. The finish is surprisingly clean, but the aftertaste is highly peppery/bitter. Throughout is the warm glow of ethanol.

M: Lighter than one might expect for a beer of this strength; the alcohol is nicely warming, and the carbonation lightens the overall palate sensation.

D: Ignoring the aspects of sessionability of a 9.5% beer, the pepper is a tad too strong on this.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.
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